Tamara Out Loud

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Tuesday

8

May 2012

5

COMMENTS

“Mommy in the Mirror”: Article at Prodigal Magazine

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I’m happy to have my first article published at Prodigal Magazine today! “Mommy in the Mirror” was a post I wrote in 2009, way before most of you started hanging out here, and now it’s a part of Prodigal’s Motherhood series. It’s updated and improved, but, if I’m honest, I’m still Bad Mommy. So please check it out and drop me a note there to let me know I’m not the only one!

Tuesday

10

April 2012

87

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Guest Post: “When You Take Your Twins to Church”

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting one of my dearest online friends, the incomparable Leanne Shirtliffe of Ironic Mom.  Between her killer wit and her beautiful heart, I was smitten as soon as I met her, and of course I love a gal who’s handy with an innuendo (if you know what I mean). And, like me, she knows that the best way to handle life with twins is to laugh at every opportunity. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ There is nothing quite like suppressing a laugh in church. I do this often [...]

Thursday

22

March 2012

10

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Mama for a Moment

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When I gave out a few gifts here at Christmas time, I had no idea one of them would demand so much from me. Shawn Smucker won a guest post, and as we began talking on Twitter, I learned that fostering children was a topic close to his family’s heart, and so I admitted, quietly as you can on a giant social network, that I had once been a foster mom. It isn’t something I talk about often or in detail because, years after we stopped fostering, the emotional tangle of it all is still so often too much. And [...]

Monday

12

March 2012

29

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “You Don’t Know”

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Today’s guest post comes from Sonny Lemmons of Looking Through the Windshield. Thoughtful and sometimes sensitive, hilarious and intermittently inappropriate, Sonny feels like a long-lost brother to me. I think you’ll enjoy his story, even if you don’t envy it. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ It all starts when the day begins at 4:15 AM when a fussy toddler, who fought going to sleep the night before, decides that waking up and complaining about the lack of orange juice and Play-Doh in his room makes complete and utter sense. It continues when after [...]

Thursday

9

February 2012

89

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Watering Weeds into Flowers

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It was a day-after-day kind of day. Another day at home, twin three-year-olds whining at me, wearing on me, pulling on me and my threadbare patience. I read all about the French parents and their supremely well-behaved offspring that the entire Internet was going ga-ga over, and I was 12-years tired of my whole stay-at-home gig, and these people amazed and inspired and pissed me off, and I tried to reproduce their authoritative tone, but I guess I lacked a certain je ne sais quoi because my smallest children kept acting like total merde. “I hate staying at home,” I [...]

Monday

6

February 2012

39

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Guest Post: “Praying for Rainbows”

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Today’s guest post comes from Jennifer Deibel of This Gal’s Journey. Ever since she began commenting at TOL, Jen has been a cheerful encouragement to me. It’s my pleasure now to share her honest, encouraging thoughts with you. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) ________________________________________________________________________ We live in a small village in Western Ireland. It’s quaint, quiet, removed. For a girl who grew up in the Arizona desert, the lush green grass, rolling hills and copious amounts of water are like chocolate to this mama’s soul: both comforting and seriously addicting. We moved here with [...]

Tuesday

31

January 2012

43

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “A Mothers’ League Lockout”

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Today’s fun guest post comes from Jessica Buttram of Meet the Buttrams. Jessica has a beautiful heart and a killer wit. It’s my pleasure to share her funny stuff with you here, but it looks like you’ll have to get your own Double Stuf yourself. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) ________________________________________________________ So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but last year a few* professional athletes participated in a league lockout, and sports fans everywhere died slow, painful deaths while being forced to endure uncontested marathons of Wife Swap. This occurred in both the NBA and the NFL, and it got [...]

Thursday

29

September 2011

53

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “Everyone You Meet”

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Today’s guest post comes from Amanda Williams of Life. Edited. When she sent it to me, I was struck by its messy honesty and beautiful grace. I’m happy to pass both along to you today. –Tamara ________________________________________________________ There was a ninety percent chance of rain, but we went anyway. One mama, one papa, two grandparents and three kids under four piled into two cars and piled out at the zoo. We had been feeding lorikeets and herding children for about twenty minutes when the rain began. Opting for lunch over misery, our party of seven took cover in the Zoo [...]

Friday

15

July 2011

18

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “Heartbreak Is”

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I’m thrilled to share with you today’s guest post by Becky from The Holloway Clan. She and I met through an online parenting board years ago and have found kindred spirits in one another though we’ve never met in person. I look forward to the day we get to share our stories over coffee. I think you’ll see why. –Tamara _______________________________________________________ “This is a song called GRAVITY. And I wrote it about my first real heartbreak.” The tender and mournful strains of Sara Bareilles’s voice fill my kitchen, and then I hear my 6-year old son’s voice pipe in. “Mom, what is [...]

Monday

27

June 2011

18

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The Gift of Your Beginning

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This is your story, Baby Boy. I sometimes wish I could re-write your beginning, start it farther in the future, when your mama wasn’t a scared girl and your daddy wasn’t just a kid trying to do the right thing. But life doesn’t give you re-writes; it only lets you keep telling the stories you’ve got and offering fresh pages. And if you read through the eyes of grace, you’ll get to see that it’s not just the fresh pages that are the gift. This is the story I’ve got. *** Please visit A Deeper Story to continue reading.